the eight cuts manifesto

there is writing out there that will blow your mind. and you have no idea it’s there at all.

eight cuts exists to champion extraordinary literature from people you may never have been given the chance to encounter, be it a single poem, a performance or a body of novels

eight cuts is a doorway to a world you heard is there.

a world intimated at in blog comments and tweets

a world alluded to in magazines

a world a shadow of a shadow of which is hinted at in newspaper and magazine articles

a world you’ve probably been told is meaningless, scary, junked-up, trashy, bloated, angry, wannabe

our world

we are rats

we live in our own space, build our own communities, societies, foundation myths and bodies of work.

we share some of your doorways, and sometimes you will see the traces we leave behind. traces like this. often they are strange, unfamiliar, and consequently seem frightening, but they are doorways onto a whole world that exists, fully formed, in parallel with yours.

for too long we have been expected to push at these doors, and gaze around them in wonder and admiration, dreaming, cap in hand, of one day entering the world beyond them. we think maybe it’s time for us to offer an invitation the other way.

go on. push, and see what exists on the other side of the door. those traces you see on blogs and underpasses, left behind in railway carriages and in strange marks on walls and pavements and facebook updates. they are tips, and traces, but of what? of something remarkable and fantastic.


We have books


We have events


We blog about stuff we like and stuff we do

we are on facebook. heaven help us all


18 Responses to the eight cuts manifesto

  1. Penny Goring says:

    This is marvellous.

  2. alisonwells says:

    Fab manifesto, cut everything away to find the bare beautiful bones.

  3. Wonderful stuff, Dan. Looking forward to seeing how it all develops.

  4. writeonanne says:

    ‘to interrupt with fabulousness’ and ‘to encourage writers to DO not debate’ -just two of my best bits of this mindblowing manifesto. Power to you!

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  6. Some great comments there… need to check out this site!

  7. danholloway says:

    Thanks James. Maybe see you at a gig. Maybe get you reading at one 🙂

  8. Wow! Love this. I’m still reading through the site – but had to stop to comment!

  9. danholloway says:

    James – fantastic – do drop me an e-mail or DM me on twitter.

    Thanks, Billie – absolutely love what you are doing with the claire books and looking forward to doing a “we recommend” on them. If you have links you’d like included and a cover jpeg do e-mail me eightcutsgallery at googlemail dot com

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  14. This is beautiful. And this whole site is marvelously written. I heard of you (through an author on LinkedIn), but I’d no expectation of being so impressed.

  15. Dan, I am flattered! The quality of this site and your prose is as high as any I’ve seen in years–seriously. –Now I’m curious which poem/s you particularly liked.–
    At moments your manifesto reminds me of “Sound of Silence,” but as what happens after one looks beyond the subway walls!

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